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23 October 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

This week I took delivery of a cool old stove in exchange for a truck-load of firewood. For whatever reason, the things for the cabin that I have come by by barter, or some other channel are my favourites. The stove has a story, as do the bricks it will sit on; the big windows that were salvaged (thanks Archie) and the propane lights from disparate sources remind me of friends and others who have helped me along the way.

For some reason barter is a much more interesting way to come by something than straight purchase. Frugality to one side, I think this means of exchange satisfies a much deeper desire to step away from the orchestrated system of sale and purchase we have to deal in with our fiat currencies. ...[Read More]


20 October 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

The loft was built using a large piece of an old pine beetle tree; the 9' timber is ultimately to support the ceiling joists, but is also the first time I have stepped away from regular construction and played with a slightly different medium.

Propped into the truck, backed up to the cabin door and rolled, turned and generally cajoled into place it is now an integral part of the building.

The paradox of the old weathered tree and the clean lines of the dimensional lumber is somehow beautiful. ...[Read More]

Cold nights

10 October 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

This week finds me snuggled up in the trailer, under at least four blankets, trying to ignore the fact I can see my own breath and wondering if I will take my toque off tonight; I feel like I am practising for an Antarctic expedition!

It is not 2100 yet, but it is dark out and with no power, there is nothing to do but relinquish the cabin for the day and read or write. ...[Read More]

Daily rounds

9 October 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

I would like to take each of you on a wander around the property with Breagha. Although there are times on our walks when we are both quiet and keep to ourselves, for the most part she is full of life, often goofy, and really entertaining to watch.

If she is not trying to wrestle a tree out of the bush and drag it along with her, she will appear with some treasure and wave it around to entice me into a game of chase.

Sometimes with much performance she will race past me so closely that I almost lose my balance, and then make great show of diving into a thicket to ‘hide’. ...[Read More]

A different era

7 October 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

For the first time last week it occurred to me that I will likely finish this cabin in October this year; three quarters of a century after Roy Wiseman started building his.

That is a little disconcerting, and I wonder who will be scribing out a living in this place after I am gone. With memories of the treasures that I uncovered excavating the old cabin close at hand, I intend to stow some things of my own in the walls of this one; by way of explanation of our lives and motivations – 75 years after his. ...[Read More]